Friday, November 23, 2012
In my last blog, I was coming up with strategies to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder, and one of my two strategies was to purchase a book on weight loss . . . the emotional aspect, not the science, and to blog about the book on a regular basis. I know the science of weight loss. You need a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose one pound. I've lived weight loss my entire life. It's not the science that messes me up, it's ignoring the science. So I wanted the emotional, not the science.
Let's face it . . . there are a zillion books out there. So it was tough to narrow it down. I actually ended up finding two books, and there is some method to my madness. There is also a confession or two.
First the confessions . . .
1) I need to stop failing at exercise and push through the pain as much as possible. I have an undiagnosed issue with pain . . . possibly fibromyalgia, but we're not sure. But I need to push through, and that's something that I've not been doing consistently.
2) Since my husband started working 2nd shift, I'm alone at night. Over the last couple of months I got sucked into watching The Dr. Phil Show. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I never liked that guy. How did this happen? And even worse, the guy makes sense!
So the two books that I've chosen are related to the above. The first is Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit by Drew Manning. This is a book that I started reading several months ago, and then life got busy. It is about a very fit personal trainer who . . . to get into the mindset of his clients . . . purposely over a six month period gave up meal plans and embraced the typical American diet. He gave up exercising entirely and avoided physical exertion whenever possible. During that time, he gained nearly 75 pounds. I read the "gain" section of the book, but I need to finish the section where he loses the weight, as that is going to be key. Let's face it . . . I know how to gain it! And in fact, some of his Top 10 Food Addictions while he was gaining could easily be some of mine (although I don't think we can find Zingers in New England). He was addicted to Mountain Dew, Zingers, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cap'n Crunch, Taco Bell Grilled Stuft Burritos, Peanut butter and Nutella on white bread, SpaghettiO's (be still my heart), Hot Pockets, Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars and Pringles. And this was a guy who never ate those things, and then had to give it up.
Talk about dedication to your job . . . going that far to get into the heads of your clients. I really must finish that book, as I think those insights could help me tremendously.
And so my second book, which I just downloaded to my Kindle last night . . . The Ultimate Weight Solution - The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom by Dr. Phil McGraw. I still cannot believe that I got hooked on this darn show. It is a daytime show, so I never saw it because I work. But there is this odd channel on my cable which shows it at 7:00 p.m. each night, and since my husband is not home to object . . . and since I was flipping channels and happened to watch one of his shows, I later got hooked. I chose this one for a couple of reasons.
1) Because 7 keys is less than 8 - ha!
2) Because the guy makes sense the few times I've heard him talk about weight loss on his show . . . even though I still can't believe that I watch his show.
3) Because I knew I would be able to hear his voice as I read the pages . . . and sometimes that kind of connection can be huge.
I also had noted somewhere that those who followed through were successful. Of course, I'm not idiot . . . they could be trying to sell a book.
So those are my two choices. I will be checking in on a regular basis, so stay tuned.